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Should you get a hearing test?
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on April 02, 2021
Do you ever feel like the people you’re talking to are mumbling or speaking too quickly? Are you having to ask others to repeat themselves frequently? Or maybe you’re struggling to follow a conversation when there is background noise? If so, these could be indicators that you have a hearing loss. It’s not uncommon for friends and family...
Hearing loss, talking loudly and COVID-19
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on March 17, 2021
By now we should all know that infectious pathogens — like COVID-19 — can be transmitted from person to person through coughing and sneezing. But did you know it may be transmitted simply by talking, too? In a study published just this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that normal human speech produces...
Video conferencing tips for those with hearing loss
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on March 03, 2021
Face masks are now an everyday accessory, “staying in” is the new “going out,” and you guessed it, video chatting is a necessary element of our social fabric and remote work. It’s all part of the new normal. For those with hearing loss, these changes haven’t been as seamless. As you or a loved one may have experienced, masks...
Sand dunes play tunes
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on March 01, 2021
People who visit or live near sand dunes have noticed a particular humming phenomenon. It seems as if the dunes are playing music. The question is: why? The sand at the surface of the dunes is much dryer than underneath. As the sand starts to tumble down the sides of the dunes, the sound vibrates through the dry layer and bounces off the moist layer (which is...
Top ten things you can do with your smartphone-connected hearing aids
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on February 17, 2021
Today’s hearing aids are more sophisticated than ever! One of the greatest advances in hearing aid technology is the ability to pair them to a variety of smartphones, including Apple iPhones and several Android handsets. The connection between smartphones and hearing aids brings a long list of incredible benefits. Here is my top 10 list of things you can do...
Five things you should know about earwax
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on February 03, 2021
When you hear the word “earwax”, you might immediately think YUCK! But, did you know that earwax actually plays an important role in the health of your ear? I’d like to share some facts about earwax and the part it plays in a healthy ear. 1. Earwax is not YUCK at all In fact, earwax is a requirement of a healthy ear canal. It is a product of...
Hearing aid tips for winter
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on January 26, 2021
Winter can be a difficult time for hearing aid wearers. Here are some tips to get you through. Turn down the noise If you are using a snowblower, or snowmobiling, chances are you are exposed to very loud sounds. Do yourself a favour and switch to your maximum noise reduction program, and turn your hearing aids down to the quietest setting. Better yet – invest...
The hearing aid that detects falls and sends alerts
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on January 15, 2021
If you’re an older adult — or care for someone who is — falling is likely high on your list of worries. And for good reason. According to the National Council on Aging1: • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall-related injury. • Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older...
One in five with hearing loss feel lonely and it’s affecting their health
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on January 01, 2021
Loneliness has typically been thought of like most other human emotions — fleeting and virtually harmless. While short periods of loneliness may not have negative effects, prolonged loneliness is toxic and increases the risk of dying by 26%. In fact, loneliness is as harmful to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and increases the risk of heart...
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